...from the totally unbiased and nonpartisan Politico.com:
Network news executives said they are preparing for an unusual Election Night challenge: How to be honest with the audience, and still keep them tuned in, if the race between John McCain and Barack Obama is effectively decided before most Americans have finished dinner.
After two elections in which the suspense went far into the evening (and, in the case of 2000, for 36 days afterward), the executives said they are contemplating how to manage their newscasts in the event of an Obama blowout — in which the Democrat’s victory would be obvious while polls are still open in most of the country.
Please, please, please, let's see more stories like this one. This stuff is perfect.
You see, network news executives, we all love you. We all think you're doing a great job. And we certainly wouldn't want to do anything that might disrupt your plans on Election Night, like voting for the guy you're convinced will lose big.
Come to think of it, why should you even cover Election Night? It's a formality anyway. A foregone conclusion. Why not just start calling him "President Obama"? That will definitely convince us that it's all over and there's no point even voting. We'll just sit here and do as you tell us, because you're smart and we're dumb.
If you can't trust a TV news executive, who can you trust?Posted by Jim Treacher at October 17, 2008 08:50 PM